Sixteen teams from twelve European countries selected for the Moot Court Competition on the European Convention on Human Rights

The final round of the fourth edition of the European Human Rights Moot Court Competition will take place from 15 to 18 February 2016 at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg.

Sixteen university teams from twelve countries (Austria, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Germany, Ireland, Netherlands, Romania, Russian Federation, Serbia, Spain, Turkey and the United Kingdom) have been selected following the written round of the competition.

The competition simulates the procedure of complaints to the European Court of Human Rights. 79 teams from 26 European countries have competed in a fictive case regarding environmental damage and responsibility. The 16 selected teams will plead the case during the final round at the European Court of Human Rights to win a traineeship at the Court.

The Moot Court Competition aims at giving law students, who are future lawyers or judges, practical experience on the European Convention on Human Rights and its implementation.

The competition is organised by the European Law Students Association (ELSA) with the support of the Council of Europe. ELSA is an independent and non-profit organisation representing 40 000 students, located in 300 universities in 43 European countries.

Several countries from the Council of Europe have financially contributed to the organisation of this fourth competition, in particular Bulgaria, the current Chair of the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers, Greece and Turkey.

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The European Law Students' Association is an independent, non-profit, non-political association run by and for law students and young lawyers. ELSA comprises a membership of 40,000 students and recent graduates. ELSA operates primarily through its local groups, which are located at close to 300 universities throughout 43 countries in Europe.

Contributing to legal education and promoting human rights awareness are among the central aims of ELSA. The Council of Europe has had a partnership agreement with ELSA since 2008.

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